This blog is a supporting resource for The Open Protein Structure Annotation Network, a wiki designed to collect, share and distribute information about protein three-dimensional structures, and to advance it towards knowledge about functions and roles of these proteins in their respective organisms. TOPSAN will serve as a portal for the scientific community to learn about protein structures and also to contribute their expertise in annotating protein function.

The premise of the TOPSAN project is that, no matter how much any individual knows about a particular protein, there are other members of the scientific community who know more about certain aspects of the same protein, and that the collective analysis from experts will be far more informative than any local group, let alone individual, could contribute.

We believe that, if the members of the biological community are given the opportunity, authorship incentives, and an easy way to contribute their knowledge to the structure annotation, they will do so.

This blog is envisioned as a repository to collect useful and topical news that TOPSAN users might find interesting. If there’s something you’d like to see here, please let us know at blog@topsan.org.

Any opinions expressed here, except as specifically noted, are those of the individual authors or commenters and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the PSI, NIGMS, or any other organization affiliated with TOPSAN.

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